Food & Drink
December 10, 2011
About four years ago, The historic Cats Restaurant in Los Gatos quickly and quietly closed without much warning (see article in the Los Gatos Observer). One of the area’s older buildings, it was constructed as a stage coach stop in the late 1800s, possibly around 1896.
In 2008 I was near the tavern, photographing Leo and Leona at the entrance to Poet’s Canyon just steps away, and popped by old building to see what was going on with it.
To my surprise, it appeared that The Cats was being made ready to reopen. There were several trucks and workers in view and the parking lot sported new blacktop and parking stripes.
I could not find any news about a reopening, and apparently there were issues with permits.
The Cats has served many functions over the years and is an area landmark. It would be great to see it open again.
The Cats Restaurant is located at 17533 Santa Cruz Highway, just past the downtown entrance to the freeway from South Santa Cruz Avenue.
Leo and Leona can be seen from this freeway exit too. For more on the two concrete cats, please visit this earlier post: How did Los Gatos get its cat logo?
October 21, 2011
Looking for a quick, tasty and affordable lunch in Los Gatos? Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant, located within the King’s Court Shopping Center (Blossom Hill Road and Los Gatos Blvd.), fills the bill perfectly. The lunchtime menu offers a very good value – lots of food for a fair price. Stop in at dinner (or get take out in the evening) and the same items are considerably more pricey.
Food is ordered and paid for upfront at the counter but when your meal is ready they don’t hollar your name or number – instead, an employee brings your food to you. It is packaged as if “to go”, so if you end up with more than you can eat, it’s easy enough to bring the leftovers home.
Seating is both indoors and out. The restaurant enjoys loads of windows, so even on a rainy or cold day this is a cheerful place to be.
What’s best to eat there? It depends on your preferences. I love their General Chicken, Kung Pao and soup in particular. Go with a friend and order different foods – see what you think!
Shangri-La does not appear to have a website of its own (if they have one, I couldn’t find it).
798 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos CA 95032
August 18, 2011
Happy Hound Restaurant in Los Gatos Celebrates Its 40th Birthday
Happy birthday, Happy Hound Restaurant! This long standing Los Gatos favorite is of venerable age – 40 – and a party is planned to celebrate. Stop by the eatery on Sunday, August 21, 2011 from noon to 3pm for loads of music, fun and, of course, food, featuring free cake and hot dogs offered at 1971 prices.
Happy Hound Restaurant
15899 Los Gatos Blvd
Los Gatos, CA
www.HappyHoundHotDogs.com (find their contact info there!)
Learn more: read the article in the San Jose Mercury News (good only for a few days unless you have a subscription)